CHICAGO (July 5, 5:20 p.m. EDT) — They´re not just stupid machines anymore.
Fanuc Robotics North America Inc. debuted its new series of smart robots that can communicate with any existing graphical injection molding machine interface, eliminating the need for its own control pad.
The SR Mate 100i and SR Mate 200i have the ability to collect and store processing data in the injection press control pad, said Ian Orr, who displayed the robots at Milacron Inc.´s NPE booth in Chicago.
"You can get just about any information you want," he added.
Most robots are stupid, Orr said, quick to point out that he doesn´t mean to put down the competitors. It´s just that the old machines worked like computers, sending only small strings of information at a slow pace. The SR Mate series can compile and store billions of strings of information, he said.
The new six-axis, servo series also is equipped to perform more post-mold duties such as cutting and stamping.
"The goal is to replace an operator that´s doing a very repetitive job," Orr said.